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Stay in heritage village nestled in Sham Valley

Idyllic stay surrounded by mountains where a village wakes up to the Buddhist chants from Mangyu Monastery

Why we love this homestay?
  • Serene & scenic mountain hamlet
  • Shrine for Buddhist devotees
Mangyu Homestay

Nestled quietly on the banks of Indus River, Mangyu village is a very beautiful hamlet situated in Sham Valley. It offers splendid views from corners of the village. It has been one of the most important place for Buddhism since 12th century. Large number of devotees used to embark on a spiritual journey to visit Sumda Chun, Alchi & Mangyu Gompas back in time. Only after visiting these three monasteries, a spiritual journey of a pilgrim would stop. This historic identity of devotion and faith makes Mangyu a place where travellers still come to find tranquility during their journey. The village is surrounded by splendid mountains of Sham Valley. It wakes up to the meditative prayers in the monastery. Villagers live a peaceful life in this enchanting valley and offer the most genuine warm hospitality to their guests. The stunning views of mountains from any room of the house makes it a must-visit place while visiting Ladakh. 

Homestay features
  • Western style eco dry toilet
  • Solar water heater
  • Clean towels and toiletries
  • Clean filter water
  • Solar powered homestay
  • Breakfast & dinner included
  • First-aid kit available
Your hosts
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowhow about Mangyu's heritage
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi

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Your hosts Lobsang Chosgial and Skarma Sonam are women entrepreneurs wear multiple hats with same level of entrepreneurial spirit. They are farmers, homestay host, and also local guide for visitors to show rich heritage and culture of their village. They take immense pride in Ladakhi traditions and are always curious know about the cultures their visitors belong to.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialities - Thukpa, Chhutagi
  • Organic, farm-to-table ingredients
  • Traditional dining experience

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The hosts serve delicious local Ladakhi delicacies tweaked to suit all palates, along with a standard spread of roti, dal, rice, and vegetables. Villagers in Mangyu take lot of effort to grow crops and vegetables in their farm located on hilly terrain. Eat local food prepared using fresh vegetable and herbs plucked from the farms. Please inform us in advance though, if you have any specific requirements or allergies.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Mangyu Monastery built in 12th century
  • Kashmiri paintings on monastery wall
  • Trek the old Buddhist Pilgrim route

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Mangyu Monastery is a place where every Ladakhi pilgrim visits at least once it his lifetime. Along with devotees, this is a popular place amongst heritage conservationists and architects. The reason is, Mangyu is one of the very few places to see amalgamation of Kashmiri paintings and Tibetan architecture. The pilgrim sites, Alchi, Mangyu & Sumda Chun are the monasteries that show bold, sharp Tibetan Architecture & calm, warm colour schemes of Kashmiri art on its walls.

What it includes?

– Overnight stay
– Breakfast, Dinner
– Village tour
– First aid facility

What it excludes?

– Any personal expenses
– Transportation to village
– Additional Meals – Lunch
– Visa/Travel insurance
– Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living with locals in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! This is also a place where your perfect place for workation ends. Good phone connectivity, stunning views from your room, meditative village vibes make it a perfect place follow healthy work routine. The greatest luxury here is spending your days under a bright, blue sky at a beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food for every meal, and swapping stories with locals, who open their doors and hearts to you!

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
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